The Spokane Food Security Council urges everyone interested in Washington’s agricultural future to contact your state legislators: Support full funding of the Sustainable Farms and Fields Program and pass HB 1631 to set up the technical assistance network for farmers […]
Letter of Support for the City of Spokane’s draft Sustainability Action Plan
The Sustainability Action Subcommittee of the Spokane City Council, with input and engagement from dozens of local, regional, and national experts, has drafted a Sustainability Action Plan (SAP). The Spokane Food Policy Council enthusiastically supports the draft with some suggested changes. […]
Nutrition? Or Is Food Medicine?
The right food is as important to the body as the right gas is for a car. We have gotten to believe that only a doctor’s prescription for a pharmaceutical is really what is going to make us well when in fact, the opposite is often true. Many of us have reactions to pharmaceuticals because, although based on plants, they have increased the potency of the chemical to a point that is often too strong for many of us. Also, the built-in safeguards that plant-based chemicals often have are removed in a lab-produced chemical that only mimics the plant. […]
Enjoy food. That’s a policy I can get behind.
What does food mean to you? I ask my students to journal on this question during the first week of Nutrition. Their responses range from “fuel” (those are usually the athletes) to “comfort” to “the enemy”. Everyone has some relationship with food, and it varies over the course of our lives, and sometimes it is healthier than others. My students tend to struggle with this question. […]
Spokane Food Policy Council’s Comment on the Farm Bill
On November 21, 2018, the Spokane Food Policy Council sent a comment to the Congressional Conference Committee leadership to let them know what kind of Farm Bill the Council would like to see come out of the reconciliation process. Here is the text of the comment. […]
Farm Bill Increases Hunger
In June the House passed a Farm Bill that increases hunger and poverty. By cutting $20 billion and strictly limiting eligibility for SNAP (food stamps), it takes food away from working-poor families, children, disabled people, veterans, seniors and seasonal workers. […]